Poetry of a Total Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse, Corona, Eclipse, Total solar eclipse

Image Credit: Piotr Siedlecki

What a historic moment in time and timing. Today, August 21, 2017, Americans will be able to see the first total solar eclipse across the country since 1918. Experiencing a total solar eclipse where you live happens about once in 375 years, according to NASA.

Don’t forget to protect your eyes with special solar eclipse glasses, before viewing this spectacular sight.

Circles of Perfection in an Ecliptic Dance

Suddenly the daytime sky darkens
as the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth
the fiery day star completely obscured
by a silhouette of the lunar celestial body
perfect circles aligned in orbit
a slow dance in the shadows of day
corona brilliantly radiating an angular glow
within moments this three-dimensional dance is over.

©Kym Gordon Moore

Where Did All of My Forks Go?

Poetry, Eating Utensils, Forks, Flatware

Image Credit: Kevin Phillips

Is there a fork burglar out there, swiping innocent forks and interrupting the flow of even dinnerware placement sets? C’mon, I know you can relate because everyone seems to go through their missing fork syndrome, more than we can imagine. I am always baffled when I have to buy more everyday flatware, all because my forks seem to be disappearing without leaving a trace of evidence as to where they went. Yep boys and girls, that is another one of my things that make you go “Hmmm” moments!

The Missing Forks

Oh where oh where have my dinner forks gone
did they run away or hide in some deserted cubby hole
only leaving teaspoons, knives, and tablespoons behind
I need them more, but somehow they disappear faster
vanishing into thin air like a Houdini magic trick
gone, each time I buy a new matching set of flatware
in all of their novelty and sparkle of stainless steel
splashes of dazzling accents on a beautifully set table
and lo, after I check the final count of each utensil
zapped by uneven numbers, where have all my forks gone?

© Kym Gordon Moore

Poetry of A Summer Twilight Clear

Summertime, Poetry, Full Moon

Image Credit: Sheila Brown

As summer winds down and as the days shorten, if you live in an area where nature sings it’s daily and evening songs, you can’t help it when you are moved to momentary silence. It’s such a beautiful thing.

A Summer Twilight Clear

It came upon a summer twilight clear
I sit, surrounded by peace surpassing all understanding
I watched the birds retreat to their treetops
as a rambunctious squirrel scurried for his last evening acorn
strobing fireflies sparkled momentarily aglow
I looked upward towards the south eastern sky
and saw the face of the moon smiling in full brilliance
I smiled back and whispered all is well with my soul.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Come Fly With Me on Amelia Earhart Day

Aviation, Amelia Earhart, Famous Female Pilot, Flying

Image Credit: ameliaearhart.com

Today we honor the famous American female aviator, Amelia Earhart who was born on July 24, 1897. She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment. She disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island, on July 2, 1937 (aged 39). Still today, in spite of the mystery behind her disappearance, we remain encouraged, fascinated and inspired by her bravery, boldness, and zest for adventure.

Come Fly With Me

She defied conventional female behavior
sparking criticism, speculation, wanting to be free
in a world of male dominance, acceptable and okay
she took a chance and said come fly with me

into the wild blue yonder, she kissed the clouds and sky
like a bird with wings, she would fly ever so high
the first woman to fly the Atlantic, a pioneer the world would see
her independence became a voice for women’s equality

wimpiness did not define her, by refusing to remain silent
they called her a maverick, a risk taker against all odds
rocking the world of aviation, she proudly made history
she said why not take a chance, come on and fly with me

her convictions were strong, many doubted and disapproved
climbing to higher elevations, from the runway she would start
trying the impossible, soaring with success on the tails of the wind
first name is Amelia, second name Mary, last name Earhart.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Click here to learn more about this fascinating, famous American female aviator.

“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” -Amelia Earhart

The Poetry Energizer: Windmill Rising

Poetry, Windmills, Energy

Energy. We are a nation of overindulging consumers. In our ongoing search for energy-efficiency, however, there are many simple things each one of us can do to conserve energy. One of the most affordable forms of electricity today is wind energy. Windmills have been around for centuries and with recent improvements in turbine technology, consumers can take advantage of affordable costs for wind energy.

I love the artistic, architectural uniqueness and functionality of a windmill. These mammoth wind-driven towers are well known in any landscape it resides. In honor of the windmill, I would like to pay tribute to these incredible structures with my poem, Windmill Rising.

Windmill Rising

Here I stand, an artistic pillar
in a picturesque prairie amid wild flowers
a stealth tower lavished by tall grass and wheat
overseeing the brackish waters of an estuary

like the nose of an airplane, I valiantly emerge
from the ground my post is hollow, towering or smock
rotating energy through sails, blades or vanes
converting a sweep of the wind, I dare stand

like the roundhouse kick of a black-belt ninja
generating electricity, extracting groundwater
wind pumps, turbines, gristmills, the power wheel
I am wind-driven, mighty I pump, stoically I stand.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Summer Vacation

Summer, Summer Vacation, Water Park

There is a kid in all of us, and sometimes as adults, we tend to forget the freedom and joy it is to just be silly and do some fun kid stuff. Kids will be kids and as summer continues, youngsters are enjoying their vacations in spite of the sweltering heat. Believe it or not, back-to-school is just a few weeks away, so hopefully, you and your family will hit the road and experience the joy and adventure of doing fun things that kids would do, before summer runs out!

Summer Vacation

School is out for the summer
so many fun things to see and do
maybe I can visit national monuments
or see many animals at the zoo

I could go wild at amusement parks
swing on tire swings and splash in the lake
take a cruise on a huge ship in the ocean
or visit the beach for an old-fashioned clam bake

Perhaps I can go white water rafting
go camping and fishing too
I’m so excited about all of the fun things
so much to see and a lot to do.

So before I go back to school
my summer adventure will not be a bore
as I tell my friends about the fun things I did
filled with summer memories that I will always adore.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Fireflies in Flight

Fireflies, Lightning Bugs, Beetles

Image Source: almanac.com

It’s a humid summer evening and as twilight appears, little sparkles of light from fireflies put on a spectacular fireworks show in the wooded area of my backyard. Although the photos I tried to take did not adequately capture the essence of the overall experience, I saw a segment on TV that showed tours given in a densely wooded area where fireflies or lightning bugs give the most spectacular light show.

The photo above was taken with a really good, professional camera of a firefly experience that is simply awesome! Be sure to check out LIGHTNING BUGS: FACTS AND HOW TO ATTRACT THEM by George and Becky Lohmiller

Fireflies in Flight

In the mystical temperament of twilight
cleaving to the placidness of a summer breeze
like twinkling stars in the shadows of an earthly stage
bioluminescence, strobing and sparkling anew
like glowing fairy dust, a firefly’s mating call
my eyes dart here and yonder, I dare not blink
with childlike wonder, I gasp with excitement
fascinated by nature’s natural whispers all aglow.
© Kym Gordon Moore